3 Ways to Celebrate Dominican Independence Day This Year
Dominican Independence Day is almost here — un día filled with orgullo, history, and celebration in the Dominican Republic and all its sub-communities in the U.S. and around the world. Celebrated every year on February 27, this day commemorates when the country earned its complete independence, becoming a sovereign state. The present-day it's also known as a day when the community comes together to celebrate the culture for all of its beauty.
Whether you're on the island celebrating at the parade in La Vega or any other province or coming together with family for dinner in the states, the pride is there. You can feel it in the flags hanging off the windows around Washington Heights, NYC, or a gathering in Boston. And even if you're not in these areas, you'll surely catch a Dominican flag emoji or celebratory post on social media.
If you're looking for small ways to celebrate this year, let us share some ideas that we'll surely make an impact and honor la cultura.
1. SUPPORT SMALL DOMINICAN OWNED BUSINESSES
Take this Independence Day to support your favorite Dominican-owned brands or businesses, whether that's us at LUNA MAGIC (founded by Dominican-American sisters) or your local restaurant. If you're looking to stock up on beauty products, there are more Dominicanas to support in the industry, including Bomba Curls and Hello Updo.
2. PASS ON A DISH
Whether you take a dish to work as a treat for the office or get your family together, nothing says "Domincano, soy!" like gathering in food. There's no day like Dominican Independence Day to revel in your favorite dish — maybe mangu, with LOS TRES GOLPES? o sancocho?
3. DONATE TO THE COMMUNITY
Giving back to the community is always a perfect way to honor one's roots. If you're looking for a more local cause, donate to organizations like The Dominican Women's Development Center (DWDC), a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that works to provide direct services and programs for disempowered women and families.
No matter what you do, we wish you and our Quisqueya la bella a Happy Dominican Independence Day!